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Tessa Baker

To help seventh-grade students better understand what happens in the Wyoming Legislature, Northwest College President Stefani Hicswa started with “Schoolhouse Rock.” In the 1970s “I’m Just a Bill” video, an animated bill moves between committees in the House of Representatives and Senate, singing about the legislative process as he moves along.

Sunscreen, seat belts, helmets and bug repellent rarely cause a ruckus.

But immunizations — another common preventative measure — are at the center of emotionally charged controversy across America.

Southside Elementary School keeps shining.

The elementary school, whose motto is Southside Shines, recently was listed as one of the top schools in the country by, an independent organization.

As she returned to Wyoming, Theresa Pike repeated a single word: “Hallelujah.”

She is finally home.

Local legislators are in Cheyenne for the 2015 General Session, participating in a variety of debates, discussions and decisions.

Dozens of supporters clad in orange and black showed up Tuesday night for a school board decision that was quick and unanimous: Cindi Smith will no longer coach the Powell High School volleyball team.

Singing students packed the Powell High School auditorium throughout the holiday season, but at the end of December, the auditorium was filled with scaffolding.

Going into the 2015 legislative session with a new state superintendent at the helm, education leaders are hopeful after recent years of controversy.

As the new year begins, Theresa Pike hopes she will soon be home.

“My parents are looking forward to getting back to Powell and having their lives return back to normal,” said Erin Pike, her daughter. “If you ask my mom, all she wants is for my brother to get married and have everyone together again.”

In the months leading up to their son’s birth, Larisa and Jim Barth heard his strong heartbeat, felt him kick and chose his name: Asher Finn.

But on the morning of his due date — Oct. 9, 2011 — Asher was born in silence. He did not cry or take a breath of air.

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